|Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 digital compact camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 was introduced with grandeur during an international press meeting. The decision to not go for a higher resolution amount, but instead for improvements, was received positively. The expectations were high up, while the camera still had to prove itself in practice. The paper specifications Panasonic revealed looked excellent. In addition, the Panasonic LUMIX LX3 has all a compact camera needs to appeal to the enthusiastic photographer. You name it: a bright LEICA DC-VARIO SUMMICRON f/2.0-f2.8 wide angle zoom lens, a solid and nicely finished housing and versatile setting possibilities.
Zoom range of the Panasonic Lumix LX3
In practice, the camera lives up to its expectations. It is a nice camera to shoot with; it is perfect to work with on the street, relaxed shooting, being one with the camera and the object. The optical range might be of minor importance to the masses, for what is a camera without tele? The purists among us will not go for the tele range, but in fact for the 24mm wide angle and appreciate it. Deciding for the 2.5x zoom range is a therefore a choice based on an eye for quality. To maximize the optical performance of the LEICA lens, it was a rightful decision to optimize the range to the determined quality.
Panasonic LX3 incorporates a Leica lens
The lens is of excellent high quality, with hardly any distortion or vignetting, with high central sharpness even towards the edges. And although the LEICA lens unfortunately suffers from visible chromatic aberration, we take that for granted. The Panasonic LX3's resolution is high and suffices greatly to be able to get the most out of the camera. The improvements related to the pixel quality are noticeable, even more so when compared to the LX2, however, for now, they are still somewhat scarce. Improvements have been made, that is for sure, and concerning the ISO sensitivity it is now possible to use up to and including 400 ISO without a problem, with 800 ISO as an emergency stop. Around 800 ISO and higher ISO remains a problem and image quality drops visibly.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 image quality
Color reproduction is extremely accurate and the vivid colors offer a fresh result rich in contrast. The combination of a bright lens and an optical image stabilizer enable low ISO use which prevents the image quality from getting damaged by noise. Add to this the improved dynamic range and you're fine with ISO range up to and including 400. It might not be perfect yet, however; the improvement is huge.
Panasonic LX3 - Beautiful digital camera with potential
Panasonic has dealt with criticism of Megapixel race opponents in a serious way, and leaves a positive impression with the LX3. This is an impression with which Panasonic once again distinguish themselves from the crowd. The improvements are visible or at least measurable, and do not lead to the absolute top compact camera, but Panasonic clearly started something that should be continued as far as we are concerned. It's a beautiful camera with a lot of potential; a camera that lets you shoot how it was meant in the first place. Or are we wandering off now?... In any case: the LX3 is absolutely recommendable!
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